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How will Britain trade after Brexit?

  • Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand

As the first phase of the UK's Brexit negotiations are agreed by EU leaders, talks now turn to trade.

There are existing trade models Britain could opt for after Brexit, such as Norway's. They have tariff-free trade with the EU with goods and services, and no real border.

But this would mean the UK staying in the single market, accepting freedom of movement, make payments to the EU budget and be restricted in striking trade deals with other countries.

The British government seem to be leaning more towards a deal like Canada's, but this agreement mostly applies to goods, not services, which make up about 80% of the UK economy.

Which ever way the government turns, there is a great at stake. Some experts predict trade with the EU could fall by a quarter, or perhaps more, which would have a very serious impact on the UK economy.

'Inquiry rushed judgement into abuse claims against bishop'

The Church of England has apologised to the relatives of a bishop for the way it investigated child abuse claims made against him decades after his death.

An independent review by Lord Carlile of Berriew found the inquiry into claims made against George Bell was too quick to accept the allegations of the complainant and name the bishop to show that it was not covering up evidence.

Claims made by a woman known only as "Carol" of abuse by Bishop Bell when she was aged between five and eight in the 1950s led the Church to issue an apology and pay her £16,800 in compensation in 2013.

The initial inquiry led to the cancellation of a planned statue in Canterbury Cathedral celebrating the bishop's work helping to rescue Jewish children transported out of Germany during the Second World War, and his name was also removed from a room at the University of Chichester, while a building in the town was also renamed.

In his review, Lord Carlile accepted that the Church acted in good faith, trying to do right by "Carol", but he also found that the interests of Bishop Bell were not treated appropriately, and in the rush to be transparent, Bishop Bell's reputation was essentially trashed.

However, on Friday the Church of England rejected Lord Carlile's recommendation that the reputation of the accused should be protected, arguing that the Church is "committed to transparency".

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